University Park blotter: caffeine allergy, indecent exposure

Crimes and incidents from Feb. 6 - 12, 2019


Our Crosstown University Park Blotter is a weekly rundown of crimes in one neighborhood. University Park is unique in that there are two law enforcement agencies patrolling the area – the LAPD and USC’s Department of Public Safety (DPS).


Below is our report for Feb. 6 – 12, 2019. You can find the last two editions of our blotter here and here. In the style of old newspaper police blotters, we’re choosing a selection of incidents, some criminal and some not, reported to both LAPD and DPS.


Feb. 6, 2019


From DPS:


Weapons | 6:52 a.m. | 30th St. and Hoover St.

“Two bike theft suspects were arrested, one for possession of a concealed knife and the other for possession of burglary tools.”


Child neglect | 9:53 a.m. | Ray & Nadine Watt Hall of Architecture and Fine Arts (850 Bloom Walk)

“A theft suspect was detained for investigation and determined to be a juvenile who was truant from school. The subject was then transported to his school and turned over to an administrator.”


From the LAPD:


Vandalism | 11:30 a.m. | 500 block of W. Adams Blvd.

Suspect, who was homeless or transient, vandalized a property, causing over $400 worth of damage.


Feb. 7, 2019


From DPS:


Suspicious circumstances | 12:58 a.m. | Rock and Reilly’s (3201 S Hoover St.)

“A security guard reported that a suspect was escorted out of the location after he was observed removing a bottle of alcohol from behind the bar. The suspect then fled on foot and disappeared from sight.”


Service | 2:53 p.m. | Mark Taper Hall of Humanities (849 W 34th St.)

“A student was examined and released at the scene after suffering a possible allergic reaction to caffeine.”


From the LAPD:


Three bikes were stolen.


Feb. 8, 2019


From DPS:


Landlord-tenant dispute | 11:41 a.m. | Phi Kappa Psi House (642 W. 28th St.)

“Students residing at the location reported that the owner entered the building without permission to conduct an unauthorized inspection.”


Traffic collision | 12:10 p.m. | Jefferson Blvd. and McClintock Ave.

“A staff member driving her personal vehicle collided with a non-USC male driving his personal vehicle, causing major damage. A passenger in one of the vehicles sustained an unspecified injury and was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment.”


From the LAPD:


Bunco (fraud) attempt | 12:30 p.m. | 3100 block of S. Hoover St.

Suspect, who was above the age of 60, attempted to use victim’s credit/debit card for an unauthorized transaction. The victim was a 45-year-old black female.


Feb. 9, 2019


From DPS:


Dispute | 2:25 a.m. | 2600 block of Ellendale Pl.

“A student was cited to Judicial Affairs for pulling a prank on his roommate that caused him to fear for his safety.”


Disturbing the peace | 9:27 p.m. | Galen Center (3400 S Figueroa St.)

“A non-USC male reported that he and his family observed a staff member watching pornography on his cellular phone while they were attending a basketball game at the location.”


From the LAPD:


Aggravated assault | 2:25 p.m. | 28th St. and Figueroa St.

Suspect succumbed to road rage and assaulted victim. Suspect was riding a bike. The victim was a 56-year-old Hispanic male.


Feb. 10, 2019


From DPS:


Attempted robbery | 12:35 a.m. | 2600 block of Magnolia Ave.

“A suspect approached a student from behind and attempted to grab a bag he was carrying while he was walking near the location, but the student was able to maintain control of it. The suspect then displayed a handgun and demanded the student’s property, but the student refused to comply and the suspect subsequently fled to a waiting vehicle and drove away.”


From the LAPD:


Criminal threats | 7:15 p.m. | 1200 block of W. 25th St.

Suspect, who was known gang member, aimed a gun at a student and threatened to kill him. Suspect was arrested. Victim was a 28-year-old Asian man.


Feb. 11, 2019


From DPS:


Assault | 7:55 p.m. | Lenicia B. Weemes Elementary School (1260 W 36th Pl.)

“A student reported that a passenger in a passing vehicle shot at him several times with an airsoft gun while he was riding his bicycle near the location, hitting him in the arm and the chest. The student did not desire medical treatment.”


From the LAPD:


Aggravated assault | 7:50 p.m. | 30th St. and Adams Blvd.

Victim, who was a 23-year-old Asian woman, was threatened and hit with a weapon.


Feb. 12, 2019


From DPS:


Indecent exposure | 12:22 p.m. | 1200 block of W. 37th Pl.

“A suspect was arrested for exposing his genitals to a non-USC female while he was seated in a vehicle parked near the location.”


How we did it: We looked at both publicly available LAPD data and the daily log DPS of reports of incidents and crimes in the University Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. For neighborhood boundaries, we rely on the borders defined by the Los Angeles Times. Learn more about our data here.


LAPD data and DPS logs only reflect incidents that are reported to the department, not how many crimes actually occurred. In making our calculations, we rely on the data that the LAPD makes publicly available through the Open Data Portal and the logs DPS makes publicly available on its website. On occasion, LAPD or DPS may update past crime reports with new information, or recategorize past reports. Those revised reports do not always automatically become part of the public database.


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